The fathers of rebel leaders say the darndest things. Case in point: Philosopher Yury Borodai Ч the father of eastern Ukraine rebel leader Alexander Borodai Ч who posited in a monograph that ape evolved into man not through labor, but through masturbation and sexual repression.
The Russian government has officially declared the conditions that will allow international payment systems Visa and MasterCard to continue business in Russia without paying the massive security deposit that had threatened to shove them out of the country.
President Vladimir Putin has signed an order that could reduce state energy giant Gazprom's dominance over gas exports by letting other companies use pipelines in Siberia and the Far East, Vedomosti reported Tuesday, citing a copy of the document.
The Education and Science Ministry has drafted an order that expanding the scope of essential high-school education beyond the "basic" subjects — such as language, literature and math — to include "personal results" like patriotism.
President Vladimir Putin's approval rating is currently at 83 percent, the highest it has been since he left office for the first time in 2008, according to a recent survey of Russians by the respected U.S. pollster Gallup.
Following news reports that the credit cards of passengers killed on downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 had been looted, the Dutch Banking Association said it would take measures to protect Dutch victims' accounts.